At Hodge Hill Girls’ School we believe that every pupil is entitled to follow a broad and balanced curriculum which will meet their future needs in education, training and employment. Our curriculum is designed to prepare pupils for their future roles as employees, parents/carers and responsible members of their local community.
To ensure all pupils receive this entitlement the requirements of the National Curriculum are met. However, our curriculum extends to ensure that pupils are stimulated in their learning and supported in the achievement of the highest possible standards. By the age of 16 we expect all our leavers will have developed confidence in their own ability, pride in their achievements and those of others, and a love of learning which will continue throughout their lives.
Key Stage 3 – Year 7, 8 and 9
Pupils will study English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Art, Design and Technology (on a rotation of 10 weeks per subject each year), Physical Education, Geography, History, Religious Studies, PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship), Performing Arts (comprising of Drama, Dance and Music studied on a rotation of 1 term per year) and at least one Modern Foreign Language.
Most pupils will start a few of their GCSEs early some core subjects like English, Mathematics, Science and Religious Studies. They will study all National Curriculum subjects until the end of Year 9.
During the Spring Term Year 9 pupils will start to consider their GCSE options. All options will be available to all students. They will be supported carefully in this process, through curriculum evenings, subject presentations, parental guidance and interviews with pastoral and senior staff where required.
Students will be assessed on a termly basis to monitor progress. At the end of the academic year pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 will sit more formal examinations, some of which will be undertaken in the Sports Hall to start preparing them for the expectations of GCSE examinations. Parents will receive 2 interim reports and one full report per year informing them of the progress being made by their daughter.
Key Stage 4 - Years 10 and 11
This is the next phase of this exciting learning journey. Pupils follow a core curriculum leading to appropriate qualifications in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (separate subjects or combined science) and Religious Studies. Everyone will also study compulsory non-examined subjects like Physical Education and PSHCE and be given Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).
We offer a wide choice of optional GCSE courses including Fine Art, Art (3-dimensional design), Art (Textiles), Business Studies, Citizenship, Computer Science, Drama, French, Geography, Graphics, Health and Social Care, History, Hospitality and Catering, Music, Photography, Sport Studies, Spanish and Urdu.
Students will be assessed on a termly basis to monitor progress. At the end of the academic year pupils in Years 10 will sit more formal examinations, all of which will be undertaken in the Sports Hall to start preparing them for the expectations of GCSE examinations.
Year 11 students will have the opportunity to experience two full sets of mock examinations. These take place in the November and February of Year 11. The November Mock session is followed by a Mock Exam results day which students find a valuable learning experience.
Parents will receive 2 interim reports and one full report per year informing them of the progress being made by their daughter.
Throughout Year 10 and Year 11, students are prepared for the next stage in their education via a range of activities from Careers conventions, mock interviews, work experience, an experience day at a local college, college interviews, post 16 evenings and many more fantastic opportunities.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH COVID, THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW MINOR CHANGES TO THE CURRICULUM:
• ART, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY ARE CURRENTLY BEING TAUGHT AS DISCREET SUBJECTS
• PERFORMING ARTS IS CURRENTLY BEING DELIVERED AS SEPARATE LESSONS IN DRAMA AND MUSIC.
• SOME CAREERS EVENTS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED OR ADJUSTED TO TAKE PLACE VIRTUALLY
(Reviewed September 2018)